News, Announcements, Celebrations
- Webinar: Health Data for Action scheduled May 2, noon to 1PM ET will provide information about a new RWJF signature research program: Health Data for Action: Leveraging Health Data for Actionable Insights that will be supported by Academy Health. Through this program, RWJF will make valuable data from unique data owners available to researchers. First call for proposals is April 19th with a submission deadline of May 24th. Applicants will select one of two datasets: Health Care Cost Institute or athenahealth. To register for the webinar, click here.
- A Review of TEDxPlano 2017 IF: A Blueprint for a Better World is Plano’s fourth annual gathering, TEDxPlano, during which they offer thoughtful presentations on the theme of “IF,” given that we are living in a polarized and fractured world…what if we thought, lived and created differently from what we’ve grown accustomed to? Would the world look different and how would those changes impact our lives and communities?
- Knowledge Translation Canada Annual Scientific Meeting June 15, 16, 2017, Quebec. Deadline for registration, June 8th.
- The Trash Can Unit is a lengthy story by Rosalind Adams on Buzz Feed News about an investigation into the outrageous management/operations of an adolescent unit at a psychiatric hospital (Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health in Tulsa, owned by America’s largest psychiatric hospital chain, Universal Health Services).
- Innovator finds value in relationship-based primary care model is a posting by Robert Nagler Miller on AMA Wire about Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle’s story, CEO of Iora Health. After years of practicing and frustrated by the volume of bureaucracy imposed on physicians, a fee-for-service model that encouraged superfluous tests and procedures, and a lack of patient care time…he co-founded Iora Health, a model that dispensed with the fee-for-service structure and the seven-minute patient visit. Not all experiments have succeeded, but Dr. Fernandopulle and his colleagues are continuing to work toward “restoring humanity to health care.”
- Denver 7’s investigation of e-cigarette explosions has DeGette calling for congressional hearings is a story by Tony Koveleski, Alan Gathright, and Andy Miller about how Denver 7 has amassed data on more than 300 e-cig explosions and fires, which has caught the attention of Rep. Diana DeGette, D-CO prompting her to push for congressional hearings.
- Fear of losing Medicaid mental health services hasn’t gone away is a story in The Columbus Dispatch by Alan Johnson about conversations held recently at a National Alliance on Mental Illness Ohio advocacy meeting that reflect just how much this fear hasn’t gone away, though stalled out in Washington currently.
- Medicaid expansion: what the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment reveals is a video posting on Healthcare Finance by Eric Bailey that features Katherine Baicker, C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics at Harvard, who addresses the complex issue of Medicaid expansion and elaborates on the Oregon experiment, touted by both supporters and opponents of the ACA.
- Boulder fraternity reaches out for mental health services, feels snubbed by CU is a story in the Daily Camera by John Bear about how policies are getting in the way of fraternities and other unaffiliated university groups (one fraternity chapter in particular) being able to access cost-free educational and mental health services.
- How Alaska fixed Obamacare is a story on Vox by Sarah Kliff about the changes Alaska made to the ACA. Lori Wing-Heier, Alaska’s insurance commissioner, developed a plan where the state paid back insurers for especially high medical claims submitted to Obamacare plans, which lowered premiums for everyone. In the end the increase was a mere 7%. Minnesota and New York have showed interest in this model.
- Medicaid Work Requirements: Who’s At Risk? Is a posting to the Health Affairs Blog by Leighton Ku and Erin Brantley about the waivers Tom Price and CMS
- Medicaid Responds To the Opioid Epidemic: Regulating Prescribing and Finding Ways To Expand Treatment Access is a posting on the Health Affairs Blog by Amy Bernstein and Nevena Minor about how Medicaid programs are at the center of the opioid epidemic. Data suggest that Medicaid beneficiaries are prescribed painkillers at higher rates than non-Medicaid patients and have a higher risk of overdose.
Research, Data, Evaluation
- Differences in Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders Among Children Aged 2-8 Years in Rural and Urban Areas – United States, 2011-2012 is a report published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by Dr. Lara Robinson and colleagues who examined variations in health care, family, and community factors among children aged 2-8 years. Their 2011-12 data were gleaned from The National Survey of Children’s Health, a telephone survey. These findings were referenced in Developmental, behavioral issues more common among rural children, an article by LR Robinson in
- How Behavioral Economics Can Produce Better Health Care is a very interesting story by Dhruv Khullar about how “human decision-making departs frequently, significantly and predictably from what would be expected if we acted in purely ‘rational’ ways.” He talks about how our behavior is powerfully influenced by our emotions, identify and environment, along with the options presented to us.
- Poll: Louisiana residents like Medicaid expansion but not Obamacare is a story in The Times-Picaynne by Kevin Litten about the findings of a poll that asked Louisiana residents about their views on health care. Nearly 75% approve of Medicaid expansion…more than 415,000 of the state’s 3 million residents are enrolled in the program currently.
- How Syracuse health clinic is trying to break the cycle of childhood trauma is a story on com by James T. Mulder about how St. Joseph’s Primary Care Center-West in Syracuse, NY, received a 3-year state grant to hire a full-time social worker and embed her in the clinic with its pediatricians and nurses…part of the national Healthy Steps program to combine primary care and mental health services in one location. Home visits, parenting skill classes, breastfeeding classes, childproofing classes are some of the offerings.
- Does asking about suicide cause suicide? SD2 to add mental health screening next year is a story by Matt Hoffman on the Billings Gazette site about how identifying students who need help is certainly better than the alternative. And to start putting words to their feelings is a big step forward.
- Association of Primary Care Practice Location and Ownership with the Provision of Low-Value Care in the United States is an article on The JAMA Network by Dr. John Mafi and colleagues about a study designed to assess this association because despite decades of widely publicized studies and national clinical guidelines, our health care system still [provides large amounts of low-value care.
- Harvard/UCLA Study Questions High Costs of Hospital-Based Primary Care reports findings in Insurance Journal of a study where the investigators say that clinical location, rather than clinic ownership, is the key factor driving the disparity between hospital-based primary care and physician-owned community clinics.
- Colorado State Innovation Model Evaluation is a quarterly report (October-December 2016) produced by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Purchasing and Contracting Services Section that provides insight into SIM progress to date.
- For podcasts about the SIM data, and the stories behind the numbers, click here.
- Depression Predictive Modeling Report, January 2017 is a report by Milliman that describes how practices can identify patients with a high likelihood of depression using the All Payer Claims Database.
“It is spring again.
The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
Rainer Maria Rilke